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We at Kean OT pride ourselves on the emphasis placed on research. Every student is required to complete a three semester research sequence. Each research group is comprised of 4 or 5 graduate students who develop a research proposal, implement the study, analyze findings, and then present the information in a manner suitable for conference presentation and/or publication. Please explore the list of research our faculty and students have conducted, published, and presented in the sub tabs. 

 
 
 
OT Students & Faculty at the 2016 Annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium
Photo taken by Ben Thomas
 

 
Current Research
 
Second years students in the program have presented research on the following topics:
 
2017 Graduate Research Symposium
 
What is the impact of financial management programs for adults with mental health and substance use disorders?
Michal Ben-Baruch, Amy E Beronio, Jennifer Malinak, Lisa Pignataro, and Joti Rodar
Research Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Gardner
 
 
What are the habits and routines for sleep preparation and participation of adults with mental health and substance use disorders?
Sarah A. Dennis, Monica Franklin, Melinda S. Pricken, and Kellie Rodriguez
Research Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Gardner
 
 
Older Adults' Perception of Health and Its Link to Community Participation
Kiara M. Bellardini, Nicole M. Cassano, Teressa Cali, Ahmed Fayyaz, and Gosha Zaremba 
Research Advisor: Dr. Claire C. Mulry
 
 
Determining the Best Method of Practice to Treat CMC OA: A Survey Study
Laura Howell, Shira Kenig, Alexandra Marin, Nathalia Martinez, and Melissa Rodriguez
Research Advisor: Dr. Mariann Moran
 
 
Parental Perceptions: Swim Skills and Swim Safety Acquisition for Children with Disability and the Parental Supervision for Their Children in and around Water
Nechama Kanarek, Sarah A. McCarthy, and Jenna Tenore
Research Advisors: Dr. Mary Falzarano and Dr. Mariann Moran
 
 
The Use of Gait Belts in Hippotherapy
Deanna Culotta, Nina Kania, Samantha L. Petosa, Michelle C. Retkwa, and Kimberly Suydam
Research Advisors: Dr. Mary Falzarano and Dr. Mariann Moran 
 
 
Five Level Baseline Hydraulic Pinch Gauge: The Effect of Hand Size on Pinch Width
Katie Arena, Deanna Carbone, Marielle Laduca, and Tamar Rojas
Research Advisor: Dr. Mariann Moran
 
 
Medi-Cog (II): A Normative Study
Eric Ginzburg, Kathleen Henry, Ka Young Joung, Katie Saccente, and Jaimie Smith
Research Advisor: Dr. Mariann Moran
 
 
 
2016 Graduate Research Symposium
 

Parent Perceptions of their Young Children with Intellectual Disabilities Participation in Young Athletes™ Activities Within the Home.
Amanda Harris, Lindsay Moran, Danna Lyons, &  Stephanie Alicea,
Research Advisor: Dr. Mary Falzarano

 

The Functional Medication Assessment: A Normative Study
Malkie Bram, Damaris Dominguez, Kellie Furnald, & Emily Thomas
Research Advisor: Dr. Mariann Moran

 

The Reliability and Validity of Measuring Active Elbow Range of Motion Using the Dr. Goniometer Smartphone Application Versus a Standard Goniometer
Meghan Jirkovsky, Quoc Anh Tran, Melanie Anderson, Gerard Belda, & Joseph Ordner
Research Advisor:  Dr. Mariann Moran

 

A Retrospective Comparison between CEW In-Class in Combination with CEW Home- Based Handwriting Program for Typically Developing Preschool Children

Jamie Christensen,  Julie DeBella,  Megan Lee-Fittizzi, Renee Campolongo, & Talia Pruzansky
Research Advisor: Dr. Mary Falzarano

 

Sensory Processing Patterns, Learning Styles and Study Habits of Undergraduate College Students
Devon Grier, Alexandra Kent, Melissa Weiss, &   Casandra Lambert
Research Advisor: Dr. Mary Falzarano

 

The Unheard Voices of Transition: The Experiences of 4 Female Young Adults with ASD as They Prepare to Graduate
Julian De Martinis, Chevy Hoffman, Alana Pantale, & Katie Wall
Research Advisor: Dr. Laurie Knis -Matthews

 

Understanding Best Practices for Prescribing Orthoses for CMC OA: A Survey Study
Jessica Bomm,  Joshua Reyes,   Hadeer Kherata, Amanda  Mucci  & Stephanie Pitta
Research Advisor: Dr. Mariann Moran

 

Exploring Older Adults’ Perceptions Following Participation in a Community Mobility Wellness Program
Kristen De Naples, Alex Esena,  Chrissy Papetti,  Mark Ravinsky, &   Cynthia Thomas
Research Advisors: Dr. Claire Mulry